Al Yergey MS Scientist Award

YergeyThe Al Yergey Mass Spectrometry Scientist Award is sponsored by ASMS to recognize dedication and significant contributions to mass spectrometry-based science by “unsung heroes.” This award is named in memory of Al Yergey a well-respected scientist who served 45 years at National Institutes of Health where he was known as a dedicated mentor. 2018 marked the 50th year of Al's ASMS membership. 

Nominations will be held for three years. Up to three awards ($1000 each and a plaque) will be presented at the ASMS Annual Conference.

Eligibility. Nominations are open to scientists (NON-tenure track) in academic, government, non-profit, and industrial labs. Nominees must be members of ASMS.

Nominations are due November 30. 
How to Apply. First, complete and submit the online nomination form. Second, insure that required letters are sent by email. Nomination is not complete until letters are received by info [at] asms [dot] org. Letters must be received by November 30.
Items needed to complete the online nomination form:

  1. The nominee’s current position, affiliation, and contact information;
  2. A brief statement describing the dedication and contributions of the nominee to mass spectrometry;
  3. The nominee’s CV or biographical sketch;
  4. Names and emails of two professional colleagues of the nominee who will provide a one-page letter of support.

Award recipients will be selected by a committee of members appointed by the ASMS President.

Rachel Ogorzalek Loo, 2020 Recipient

Yergey-LooDr. Rachel Ogorzalek Loo is the 2020 recipient of the Al Yergey MS Scientist Award.  She has been involved with mass spectrometry for nearly thirty years, currently serving as a Research Biological Chemist at UCLA.  She has co-authored over 125 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has significantly contributed to our understanding of electrospray ionization, charging, and protein structure.  Dr. Loo was one of the first to pursue the idea that ESI charge state distributions depend on protein solution phase structures.  She continues to explore the fundamental aspects of ESI, proposing new mechanisms in a Critical Insights article for JASMS in 2014.  

Dr. Loo has also served as a mentor to countless graduate students, postdocs and scientists and given her time to serve the mass spectrometry and greater scientific community at large.  

Past Recipients of the Al Yergey MS Scientist Award

2020: Rachel Ogorzalek Loo

2019: Jeffrey Shabanowitz